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Marvin Bagley Selected to Two All American Teams

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke freshman Marvin Bagley III has been named to a pair of All-America teams, earning first-team distinction from Sporting News and USA Today.

Duke has had at least one All-America pick in each of the last 11 seasons. Bagley’s selection gives Duke its 68th all-time All-America selection, with 46 of them coming under head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

The 6-foot-11 forward from Phoenix, who is also a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award, the James Naismith Award, and the Karl Malone Award, is tied for the ACC scoring lead (20.7) and leads the ACC in rebounding (11.2). He was named both the ACC Player and Rookie of the Year, becoming just the second player in the conference’s history to sweep the two awards in a single season (Duke’s Jahlil Okafor in 2015).

Bagley leads the ACC with a Duke freshman record 19 double-doubles and is shooting .604 from the field, which ranks second in the ACC and 17th in the country. His 80 dunks are also a Duke freshman record and more than Duke’s opponents have combined for against the Blue Devils this season (76). He has an ACC freshman record six 30-point games this season. His 11 games of 20-points and 10-rebounds and seven games with 15+ rebounds are each Duke freshman records.

No. 5 Duke (25-6, 13-5) has the second-seed in the ACC Tournament and opens play Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

Marvin Bagley ACC POY & ROY, Blue Devils honored

Bagley Sweeps ACC Player and Rookie of the Year; Allen, Carter Earn All-ACC Nods

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke freshman forward Marvin Bagley III has been named both the 2018 ACC Player of the Year and Rookie of Year, leading three Blue Devils to earn All-ACC mention and becoming just the second player in ACC history to sweep the league’s Player and Rookie of the Year honors.

Bagley joins former Duke standout Jahlil Okafor (2015) as the only players in the ACC’s 65-year history to sweep the conference top individual awards in the same season. Bagley was also the only unanimous selection for both first-team All-ACC All-Freshman honors.

Senior guard Grayson Allen earned his second All-ACC honor with a spot on third team, while freshman forward Wendell Carter, Jr., was named second-team All-ACC and garnered an All-Freshman nod.

Bagley was the choice for ACC Player of the Year by 37 members of the 57-member voting panel (15 ACC head coaches, 42 selected media) that cast ballots for this year’s postseason honors. Boston College’s Jerome Robinson placed second with 14 votes. The ACC Rookie of the Year balloting was more clear cut, with Bagley receiving 56 of the 57 votes cast. Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter received the other vote.

Highly touted as the nation’s top recruit entering the season, the 6-11, 234-pound Bagley lived up to his billing by keying the fifth-ranked Blue Devils to a 25-6 overall record and the No. 2 seed in the upcoming New York Life ACC Tournament. The Phoenix native is tied for the ACC scoring lead at 20.7 points per game and leads the conference with 11.9 rebounds per contest. He is second in the ACC in field goal percentage at .604 and is one of only two players in the country -- and the only one from a power conference -- averaging better than 20.0 points, better than 10.0 rebounds and shooting better then .600 from the field.

A finalist for the Wooden Award, the Naismith Award and the Karl Malone Award, Bagley leads the ACC with 19 double-doubles, 10 of which have come in conference play. The rookie, who has scored at least 30 points in a game a league-leading six times, was twice named the ACC Player of the Week and earned ACC Rookie of the Week recognition six times. He has scored in double figures in 26 of the 27 games he has played.

Allen is second on the team and 12th in the ACC in scoring at 15.5 points per game. The Jacksonville, Fla., native is ninth in the league in assists per game (4.6), fifth in steals per game (1.7), fifth in free-throw shooting (.850) and fifth in three-pointers per game (2.6). The senior, who is the ACC’s active career leader in points and three-point field goals, has scored 1,904 career points to rank 18th on Duke’s all-time list. The Jerry West Award finalist is fifth at Duke in career three-pointers (270) and seventh in career free-throw percentage (.834). Allen was a first-team All-ACC selection in 2016.

Carter is 17th in the ACC in scoring at 13.9 points per game, is fourth in rebounding at 9.5 boards per game and fourth in the league in field-goal percentage (.572). The rookie is one of only two players in the country shooting better than .570 from the field, better than .480 from behind the arc and better than .720 from the free throw line. The 15 double-doubles for the Atlanta native rank second on the team and fourth in the country among freshmen. The Karl Malone Award finalists has led Duke in rebounding 15 times, including a pair of 20-10 games.

Virginia’s Tony Bennett was recognized as the ACC Coach of the Year, while the Cavaliers’ senior Isaiah Wilkins received the nod as the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and freshman De’Andre Hunter was tabbed as the Sixth Man of the Year. North Carolina junior Luke Maye was voted the ACC’s Most Improved Player.

Bagley is joined on the All-ACC first team by Boston College’s Jerome Robinson, North Carolina’s Maye and senior Joel Berry II, and Virginia sophomore Kyle Guy.

Duke, which won last year’s ACC Tournament championship, has a double-bye to the quarterfinals and plays Thursday night at 7 p.m. in Brooklyn. The Blue Devils will face Virginia Tech, Notre Dame or Pitt with a spot in the semifinals on the line.

2018 Atlantic Coast Conference Post-Season Honors


First Team

Marvin Bagley III, Duke, 280*

Jerome Robinson, Boston College, 273

Luke Maye, North Carolina, 246

Joel Berry II, North Carolina, 223

Kyle Guy, Virginia, 168

Second Team

Tyus Battle, Syracuse, 159

Marcquise Reed, Clemson, 143

Devon Hall, Virginia, 129

Wendell Carter, Jr., Duke, 126

Justin Robinson, Virginia Tech, 123

Third Team

Grayson Allen, Duke, 119

Matt Farrell, Notre Dame, 89

Ty Jerome, Virginia, 67

Josh Okogie, Georgia Tech, 57

Omer Yurtseven, NC State, 54

Honorable Mention

Deng Adel, Louisville, 51

Ky Bowman, Boston College, 37

Lonnie Walker, Miami (FL), 30

Bryant Crawford, Wake Forest, 23

Markell Johnson, NC State, 21

Ray Spalding, Louisville, 19

Allerik Freeman, NC State, 18

Theo Pinson, North Carolina, 14

Terance Mann, Florida State, 12

Gabe DeVoe, Clemson, 12

All-Freshman Team

Marvin Bagley III, Duke, 57*

Wendell Carter, Jr., Duke, 56

Lonnie Walker, Miami, 51

De'Andre Hunter, Virginia, 33

Oshae Brissett, Syracuse, 33

All-Defensive Team

Isaiah Wilkins, Virginia, 49

Anas Mahmoud, Louisville, 37

Elijah Thomas, Clemson, 34

Devon Hall, Virginia, 32

Ben Lammers, Georgia Tech, 25

Player of the Year

Marvin Bagley III, Duke, 37

Jerome Robinson, Boston College, 14

Luke Maye, North Carolina, 5

Devon Hall, Virginia, 1

Rookie of the Year

Marvin Bagley III, Duke, 56

De'Andre Hunter, Virginia, 1

Coach of the Year

Tony Bennett, Virginia, 47

Brad Brownell, Clemson, 8

Kevin Keatts, NC State, 2

Defensive Player of the Year

Isaiah Wilkins, Virginia, 42

Anas Mahmoud, Louisville, 7

Elijah Thomas, Clemson, 3

Devin Wilson, Virginia Tech, 2

Jack Salt, Virginia, 1

Rex Pflueger, Notre Dame, 1

Wendell Carter Jr., Duke, 1

Most Improved Player

Luke Maye, North Carolina, 26

Frank Howard, Syracuse, 5

Omer Yurtseven, NC State, 5

Martinas Geben, Notre Dame, 5

Doral Moore, Wake Forest, 5

Kyle Guy, Virginia, 3

Marcquise Reed, Clemson, 3

Phil Cofer, Florida State, 2

Dewan Huell, Miami, 2

Ty Jerome, Virginia, 1

Sixth Man of the Year

De'Andre Hunter, Virginia, 39

Chris Clarke, Virginia Tech, 7

Chris Lykes, Miami, 5

Keyshawn Woods, Wake Forest, 3

Trent Forrest, Florida State, 2

Marques Bolden, Duke, 1

Duke 2nd Half Rally Dumbfounds UNC

After being down by a 35-25 score at the half, Duke rallied to beat UNC 74-64 in Cameron Indoor Stadium.  The Blue Devils had a 20 point swing on their way to 49 second half points.

Duke was led by Marvin Bagley III who had another double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds.   He scored 18 points during a key Duke run.

Duke used a 9-0 run to take a 52-50 lead on a Gary Trent Jr. three-point bucket.  The Blue Devils never looked back.  The Tar Heels struggled to get their offense going down the stretch as Duke continued to play an active zone.

It helped the Blue Devils when the crowd came alive as Cameron Indoor Stadium got very loud.  From the midway point in the second half, Duke played with a lot of bounce and energy where they started garnering every loose ball and rebound.

Grayson Allen added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists on his Senior Night.  He addressed the crowed after the game and promised them that more is to come.

Duke got good points from its bench outscoring the Tar Heels 13-4.  The defense shut down the Tar Heel reserves while Trevon Duval had 6 assists and 7 points as the Duke sixth man.

Gary Trent Jr. added 13 points and 5 rebounds and as usual he nailed some big buckets.  Wendell Carter Jr added 9 points and 9 rebounds.

Duke scored 15 points off turnovers and had 8 blocked shots on the night.  The defense also accounted for 12 steals   After hitting one three point shot in the first half, Duke knocked down eight in the second.  Duke also shared the ball better with 16 assists, 13 of which came after the break.

With the win Duke clinched second place in the upcoming ACC Tournament where they will play on Thursday at 7:00.  Duke moves to 25-6 on the season with a 13-5 mark in the league.

Stay tuned for more to come...

Duke-UNC Weekend – Recapping Coach K’s Comments

  • Coach K mentioned that Grayson Allen joined Amile Jefferson and Quin Snyder as the only Duke players to ever be Academic All Americans every year they were at Duke.  Allen will address the students after the Duke-UNC game on Saturday evening.
  • "We wouldn't have won a national championship without him. It was a storybook kind of thing. He was the 8th man on an 8 man team who was averaging 8 minutes a game comes in and scores 8 straight points." Coach K on Grayson Allen.
  • Coach K said his team was tired after playing 5 games in 10 days and it showed against Syracuse and Virginia Tech.  He mentioned that the team had rested and practiced well going into today's final tune-up.
  • Coach mentioned that Allen would talk to the students after the Duke-UNC game which is a tradition.  He mentioned that Allen was proud of what he has accomplished this season and what he could still get done.
  • Coach K said that he had worked with most agents and knew them from his time with USA Basketball where he coached NBA players.  He said that all schools have compliance to work with guys and that they had to sign things when coming aboard which is common practice at every program when questioned in items in the news of late.
  • Coach said that Dan Dakich who recently made some critical comments on Marvin Bagkley III had the right to his opinion.  He said he does not listen to such things.  He also used the question as a time to take a shot at ledger reports which put Wendell Carter Jr. in the news implying that not all we read is true or accurate.
  • Coach K said the one thing the zone has done for this team is the help them communicate better in that building habits are difficult and that it was easier in a zone that man to man which Duke played for many years.  He also said their zone had some man to man principles.
  • The Duke coach praised UNC and their offense and ability to work the boards.  He said their offensive rebounding doomed Duke in their first meeting.

10 Random Thoughts on Duke Basketball

Welcome to the final regular season edition of my ten random thoughts on Duke Basketball.

Putting a loss in perspective

It amazes me how some fans will say the season is over after a single loss.  History shows us that most teams which make a deep run in March have some adversity during the season.   Just ask current Duke assistants Jon Scheyer and Nolan Smith what they went through before the 2010 title.    Duke lost a game to a hungry Virginia Tech team where a single play could have won the game.  Teams can learn some tough lessons and benefit down the road.

Duke-UNC Important in many ways

Duke is a lock to get a double bye in the ACC Tournament, but a win over North Carolina assures them of second place.  And that would be a good finish is in the toughest league in America.  The Tar Heels can be more damaged by a loss.  The reason is that they can fall out of a top four seed if the ball bounces right for other teams.  That will make for a hungry bunch.

Win it for Grayson Allen

Lets face it.  A loss to North Carolina would be devastating on senior day.  And not only that, a regular season sweep would mean a long summer for the fans and team pride.  Grayson Allen will be playing his final game in Cameron Indoor Stadium after a four-year career.  Winning this one for a player who gave his heart would be nice on many fronts.

But this will be other players last go round in Cameron, too

We all know that Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter Jr. will enter the NBA Draft due to their lofty draft status.  This will be these two players last game in Cameron as well and they should want to go out with a bang.  Here is hoping the dynamic duo has a great outing.  And for the record, depending on how the season unwinds, Duke will be losing other freshman early as well.

Defense has been good

Not to be lost by a close loss is the play of the Duke defense of late.  The Blue Devils have steadily improved by playing zone.  A good measuring stick for the defense will be the game with UNC which is one of the best offensive teams in the nation.

Now, the offense needs to catch up

It is strange how things work out.  Early in the season the Duke offense was unstoppable and the defense had holes to plug.  In their last two outings, the Blue Devils have been a tad clunky on offense.  There are many reasons for slowed production but none that cannot be worked out.  And that is good news for the team as all the games count from this point forward.

Finally, some rest...

Duke will be fresh when they face North Carolina if they can avoid getting too high.  Campus will be a hotbed of activity as ESPN Gameday comes to town.  Duke was a tired bunch after the loss to the Hokies and they have finally been able to rest up.  That same break will also be big heading into Brooklyn and the ACC Tournament which will be well underway at this time next week.

About Marvin Bagley III

Firstly, how awesome is it that he made the All ACC Academic team?  But the elephant in the room is the brutal criticism from Dan Dakich and others of late.  Duke is better with Marvin Bagley but the there is an adjustment period when a player comes back in the lineup.  Here is to Bagley using the chatter as motivation to be his best self the rest of the season.  I mean, he is likely to be the ACC's Player of the Year with a strong finish.  As for Dakich, I thought his comments were off base and unfair to Bagley or anyone else who would have been a recipient of a rant from out of nowhere.

Prospects Visiting

Duke will have some very key prospects on campus this weekend.  More on that later.

Final Thoughts

I feel pretty good about where Duke is at this time in the season.  They have had some hard lessons on toughness but those have helped a young team grow.  I think we will see Duke at its best this Saturday.  One thing at a time.

My thinking is that Duke will land three players on the ACC All Freshman Team and a fourth will be very close in the voting.  I feel Bagley III will come away with the Player and Rookie of the Year awards.  Duke will likely have Bagley on first team and a couple of guys on second team or close.

Bold prediction?  Duke is about to go on a four game run.  That is if they treat each game like a fight.